August: Making the most of your Senior Year
Seniors are you maximizing your last year of high school education? Do you know what PSEO, AP, and CDC stand for? Well, the Life 101 Series is back to answer these questions, and give seniors a suggestion of what to do each month as they chart their course to graduation 2011.Regardless of what your plans are after high school, get a current copy of your “Report of Graduation Requirements.” This report has a listing of the classes you have taken grouped by required departments: math, science, english, social studies, etc. along with the credits you still need for graduation.
Another useful tool is a copy of your transcript. This document also has what you have taken over the years but it is grouped by year, includes your grades and the scores you have received on tests (CSAP, ACT, SAT, etc.). Down the road when you apply to college or vocational school this document is sent directly from your high school. So, it’s a good idea to have a copy on hand for your own eyes.
Both of these documents can be obtained through your school.
Now that you have these documents, what are you going to do with them? First, check them for accuracy.
If you plan to go to college, the type of college experience you seek will dictate whether you’re on track. Go to the website of any college, and see how you compare to what they need for admissions.
Keep in mind that just having the minimum may not get you accepted. The caliber of classes and the rigor of your schedule will be what an admissions department considers. Take that extra math or advanced class. Having a full load during your senior year will enhance your college application, and can keep you equipped for college.
Advanced Placement (AP) classes are more demanding like a college course and are given more weight when calculating grade point average (GPA). Depending on your score on the corresponding exam you can earn college credit.
Speaking of college credit, if there is a course you would like to take and you have exhausted options at Lyons, consider the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program. Through PSEO you can have college courses reimbursed by the district (for more info go to counseling.stvrain.k12.co.us).
COLLEGE NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA?
The Career Development Center (CDC) offers courses in a variety of subjects. Visit their website at cdc.stvrain.k12.co.us. Even if you plan to go directly into the workforce, a business or accounting class could help you move up the ladder and be more efficient with the money you earn.
FYI: You can still register for the September 11 ACT until August 20 through actstudent.org (late fee charge). The next exam is October 23. For the October 9 SAT, register through collegeboard.com by September 10, to avoid late fees.
The following are dates and locations of upcoming college fairs: October 6 (Louisville), October 7 (Denver), and October 9 (Greenwood Village). Visit collegefairsdenver.org for more information.
Upcoming series topics: Gathering information, building a resume, choosing a college, college applications, scholarship search, FAFSA, financial aid award letters, making that decision, and leaving home.